Dennis Kizziah, Mississippi Recovery Office Director
Dennis Kizziah, a specialist in the fields of public safety and emergency management, is the director of the Mississippi Recovery Office in Biloxi, MS. Dennis has a broad base of experience with local, state and federal emergency response and recovery operations spanning more than 30 years.
Kizziah joined the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region IV in Atlanta, Ga., as Logistics Section Chief in 1996. Among the operations in which he was involved were the 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the 2003 response to the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster and the 2004 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Kizziah has served in more than 70 disaster and emergency deployments with FEMA, including Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer and currently serves as a Mentor on the National Incident Management Team, East.
Kizziah was deployed in 2004 as director of the South Area Field Office in Port Charlotte, Florida facilitating hurricane response and recovery efforts in one of the hardest hit areas in Florida after Hurricane Charley. After Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Kizziah was deployed to Pensacola, Florida as the director of the Panhandle Area Field Office. In 2006 Kizziah was appointed as the Logistics Section Chief for the Alabama Transitional Recovery Office. In 2007 Kizziah was appointed as the Acting Director of the Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office, and later served as the Logistics Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Recovery Office and Director of the Alabama Recovery Office.
Kizziah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Safety from Athens State University in Athens, Ala., and an Associate Degree in Applied Fire Science from Jefferson State College in Birmingham, Ala.